My gods, my emperor, my town, my business

Key historical dates from an early 19th century Austrian almanac.

Chairman Javi’s Catalan, not Galician

Bleeding obvious innit. 2 comments, inc trebots: Anthem for father-in-laws everywhere, probably. Shave yer 'ed, and give up drinking.

Isidore etymologises beggars and prostitutes

BL: "The Latin word for 'beggar' (mendicus) is now believed to derive from an earlier word meaning 'deformity' or 'lack'. Isidore, however, speculates a much more charming story, of a 'custom among the ancients' to 'close the hungry mouth and extend a hand, as if speaking with the hand' (manu dicere)." His etymologies for "the […]


Knightly tombs in churches with, resting at their feet, dogs that vary in aspect from lamb to lion: Briton Rivière shows the foreplay, but is the dog then bestonèd by sorrow (cf. the widowed Hindoo's fiery fate), or is it simply (or even lysergically) sacrificed?

Church of England converts sinner!

Huge empty East End church by a Wren assistant, burnt in 1850 but apparently un-Blitzed. Nice index from 19th century clock and other curiosities. Can't spell Betjeman. Sunday evening service: a short dozen adults & half a dozen bored infants seating under the crossing facing south (Mandela, the new Jesus Christ?) with rector & PA […] 3 comments, inc MM: Is that the one with the pyramid in the grounds?

Augmented poetry

Theodor Körner, Andreas Hofer's Tod: The Death of Hofer, the Tyrolese Leader - translation in The Times: I like the plausible military detail. 3 comments, inc MM: Do you know the song?

Das Scroll und Scream Kitschin' Kabinett des Dr Kalebeul

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